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Video of the Week: Preston Lovinggood - "Overactor"

18 hours ago

Most lyric videos don't attempt much artistry. They're merely a simple and cheap way to share a new song by an artist before the "official" video gets released. Alabama-based singer/songwriter Preston Lovinggood has raised the bar with his haunting lyric video for "Overactor" off of his album Shadow Songs and really need not worry about releasing another video to replace it. Catch him on select dates with The Faint next month, too.

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- Dusty Wright

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Linda Vallejo's Cultural Transfigurations

21 April 2014 2:01 PM, PDT

Linda Vallejo: Make 'Em All Mexican The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center

Color has impact. It can repel or attract, program our opinions, set moods, even control traffic. In some ways color effects us based on our individual experiences and environment, yet there remains a systemic interpretation, prejudice or preconception about color that concerned artist Linda Vallejo addresses in her series Make 'Em All Mexican. By employing the color brown to change the ethnicity of mostly American Icons that appear here in the form of dozens of sculptures and figurines, a few paintings and a number of photographs, prints and postcards, Vallejo subconsciously moves racial stereotyping of Latinos to our collective front and center. 

(Actually, while I am at it, I must point out that in labeling the Icons 'American' I expose myself as North American-centric -- my apologies to South and Central Americans.) To be more specific, »

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